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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Lunch Program
Ancient DNA, Evolution, and Domestication
Greger Larson '96

A canine DNA researcher—by way of a CMC education in environment, economics, and politics—Greger Larson will discuss how next generation DNA sequencing techniques are revolutionizing our understanding of human evolution and animal domestication, with a particular focus on the ancient ties between humans and dogs.

After graduating from CMC in 1996, Greger Larson spent a year in Central Asia on a Watson Fellowship before starting a job in the environmental consulting industry in Azerbaijan. Subsisting on a literary diet of Stephen J. Gould’s writings, he worked and wandered the deserts of Turkmenistan over the next three years.

Ultimately concluding that “evolution was cooler than oil,” Larson pursued his masters in archeology at Oxford University, continued further studies in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, and completed his Ph.D. in zoology at Oxford in 2006.

Larson is currently a professor at Oxford University where he uses ancient DNA to address a wide variety of questions about evolution, migration, and domestication. He also directs the Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network, also at Oxford University.

(He says that he rarely wonders what his salary would be had he stuck to oil.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Special Program
Dinner Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (2nd Night)
Under the Lights

Under the Lights is proud to present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. An exciting, wild comedy that takes you through false identities, marriage proposals, babies in handbags, and countless cucumber sandwiches, the play is a satire of the Victorian period, when intricate, unspoken codes of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality. Despite the passage of time, the play’s witty dialogue and timeless satire make it a perennial favorite. 

Directed by Cassie Lewis ’17, cast members include Anoush Baghdassarian '17, Evan Boyer '19, Julien Chien '17, Namrata Dev '19, Micaela Ferguson '17, Henry Minervini '19, Victor Panyarskiy '20, and Anthony Sidhom '17. 

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